The news magazine of The Armthorpe School
Summer 2006 Issue 1one taster as PHGS
takes to the stage
THE transition from primary to secondary
school can be a daunting move for
The Armthorpe School opened its doors
in March for a “Technology transition” activity
organised in conjunction with the Family
Learning initiative. Families from our feeder
schools were invited to come along and work
in teams to design and build a model robot.
Pupils and staff from The Armthorpe School
worked with the family teams to ensure the
day ran smoothly.
After two hours of intense activity each team
demonstrated their robot to the other groups.
The imagination of the pupils and the standard
of construction went far beyond expectations,
and the activity was a great success, with
parents and pupils learning and understanding
the ethos of the school.
THE use of interactive whiteboards in English
has led to all kinds of innovative teaching and
Pupils can redraft written work and
experiment with vocabulary and general
rewording to create alternative meanings.
The whiteboards help in modelling written
work, establishing frameworks for writing
and in grammar and punctuation revision.
Shakespeare and other authors are studied
interactively, with pupils able to assess their
knowledge and understanding – for example
through interactive quizzes and the “hot
seating” of characters.
The whiteboards create an environment for
group learning. They help build confidence in
individuals and are a great tool for whole-class
participation in activities that benefit from
Front of the class: Year 9 pupils Lee Ratcliffe and
Marhia Hall work with the interactive whiteboard.
Whiteboards are a winner
WHEN the school first took part in
the Intermediate Maths Challenge in 2001,
we achieved three bronze and on